Queen Elizabeth makes Zaha Hadid a dame

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid was made into a dame in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours list.

Dame Zaha, designer of the upcoming Performing Arts centre in Abu Dhabi, was awarded the title for her services to architecture.

Now one of the world’s most famous architects, Hadid won the Pritzker Prize in 2004 as well as the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.

She is also behind the Aquatic Centre, one of the major venues for this year’s Olympic Games in London.

Dame is the female equivalent of knighthood in the British honours system.